The Geneva State Park Marina is now home to 800 feet of new short-term dock space.

The Geneva State Park Marina is now home to 800 feet of new short-term dock space.

Boaters visiting the State Park and Ashtabula County can now enjoy the docks, which are American Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and include water and electric service.

The dock project began in the spring and was completed last month, said John Wisse, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. The effort was part of an overall strategic plan to improve transient dockage along the Lake Erie shoreline, he said.

“There has always been full-season dockage there,” he said. “But there wasn’t anything for those folks just passing through.”

The new docks are located along the marina’s north wall. Approximately $1.1 million was invested in the project with $800,000 from the ODNR Division of Watercraft’s Cooperative Boating Facility Grant and $300,000 from the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he said.

The project was specifically designed for short-term transient docks for large boats. Wisse said similar projects have been completed along the western basin.

“Boating access has been the number one concern of recreational boaters in Ohio,” he said. “Boating is very popular in Ohio.”

Ohio ranks among the top 10 states nationally with a record 453,310 registered recreational watercraft. Recreational boating generates an estimated $3.5 billion annual statewide economic impact, according to ODNR.